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Data from earlier financial institution vacation weekends and public holidays have proven that there’s a spike in A&E visits and ambulance name outs. The London Ambulance Service has spoken out alongside many different regional companies and the NHS to warn revellers to take care whereas celebrating this weekend.

Matthew Taylor, the chief govt of the NHS confederation, representing NHS trusts, mentioned that financial institution holidays are at all times a “challenging time”.

He added that it’s particularly so as employees shortages are mixed with “public activity where people can be drinking too much”.

He advised the Independent: “That happens against the backdrop of 100,000 plus vacancies … which makes it even more challenging.”

Dr Tim Cooksley, President of the Society for Acute Medicine, famous that financial institution holidays spark elevated stress on emergency companies as different strategies of medical consideration are unavailable.

He mentioned that this impacts the “already stretched” companies and “exacerbates” the already dire scenario.

He mentioned: “There is certainly concern going into the extended bank holiday period, but that is largely because pressures are – and have been for some time – at unsustainable levels, so there is no give in the system.

“We do know lengthy bank holidays usually cause an increase in pressure on the front line of the NHS, as over the period there will be fewer options for alternative and routine care, and this presents problems, with urgent and acute services already so stretched.”

He added: “Despite the best efforts of clinical staff, morale is extremely low as these efforts are not yielding the desired results, and the distraction of the Jubilee celebrations must not detract from the fact there is an emergency in the NHS.”

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Medical trusts throughout the nation have advised sufferers to strongly “consider their options” earlier than visiting A&E and warned of lengthy waits in the event that they do.

The Director of 999 Emergency Operations Centres for London Ambulance Service, Brian Jordan has warned individuals to have fun the weekend with care.

He mentioned: mentioned: “We recognise this is a momentous occasion, and as we approach the Platinum Jubilee weekend there is a real sense of celebration in the air.

“There are some wonderful events planned, but as crowds gather in town and line the streets to watch proceedings, we are expecting to see an increase in the number of people who need our help while out and about, as well as an increase in the number of 999 and 111 calls.”

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A senior NHS medic mentioned the prolonged weekend that can see consecutive days of celebration would trigger an ideal storm to an already damaged system and was “very bad news for the NHS”.

The medic mentioned: “Throwing in some kids’ minor injuries, some people going out to the pub … put the two magic ingredients together and you’ve got absolute chaos.

“Really it doesn’t take much predicting how bad it’s going to be.”

An NHS spokesperson mentioned: “While families and friends up and down the country take part in Jubilee celebrations, we want to reassure you that, despite various pressures, staff are working hard to ensure NHS care remains available for everyone.”

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